Travel Tours


Discover the pleasures of learning while you explore fascinating and spectacular areas of the world where you and a small group of fellow travelers are led by academic guides, who share their knowledge of and enthusiasm for the destinations.

Our Travel Study program offers educational travel to destinations around the globe. Itineraries are chosen carefully to offer a safe and comprehensive way to explore history, culture, nature, and the arts through visits to sites not usually available to travelers and to those well-known sites.

Join us!

We welcome all interested persons, regardless of educational background – you don’t need a prerequisite for this university program! These tours will appeal to you if you want more from your travel experience than standing in lines or shopping for souvenirs.

Included in your tour:

  • Return airfare and comfortable land transportation
  • accommodation
  • All admissions and excursions
  • Many meals, as indicated in tour itinerary
  • Admissions and excursions
  • Baggage handling at hotels, where available

Our 2018 tours:

Registration for our 2018 tours (listed below) is now underway; if you would like to receive a brochure and are not already on our mailing list, please contact us at or 250-721-7797.

Our 2019 tours:

Which tour destinations should we offer in 2019? View possible 2019 tours and help us decide which ones to run.


Chile and Argentina

On this 16-day tour from Santiago to Buenos Aires we will explore the rich cultural heritage of Chile and Argentina while sampling some of the best food and wine in the world. Due to turbulent politics, economic ups-and-downs, and geographical isolation, these two countries have remained off the mainstream travel path, their charms known only to the adventurous traveller.

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Georgia O’Keeffe in New Mexico

Join us to discover the unique qualities of the desert which have inspired artists for thousands of years. In the 20th century New Mexico was the spiritual home for internationally renowned artist, Georgia O’Keeffe, and a rich source of inspiration for Lawren Harris, who also made New Mexico his home in the late 1930s.

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New York, New York

Like Liza Minnelli, how would you like to “wake up in the city that never sleeps”? There is no other city like New York. In many ways, it is the quintessential city; its name is an international byword for sophistication, excitement, and intensity—everything that a city should be.

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Opera in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Located at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains where the high desert meets the ponderosa pine, Santa Fe enjoys a dry, sunny, but mild climate. It is also well known as a centre of art and culture.

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Vienna: City and Culture

Join us on this 15-day adventure designed for anyone interested in exploring Vienna’s cultural and historical heritage. Experience its vibrant art, architecture, music, film and fashion scenes. Discover the city through literary and musical references and by visits to various museums, collections, monuments, architecture, art, theatres and film locations.

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French Language grad helps patients in West Africa

Michelle Pieke is a Canadian physiotherapist working in a leprosy clinic in West Africa. Find out how taking the French Language Diploma Program (FLDP) helped her get there.

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Top 7 Travel Tips for 2018

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Why the Early Bird Gets the Worm (and lives past 100!)

After nearly a decade working for Continuing Studies at UVic, it goes without saying that Preston Randall is an integral part of the team. He knows the division’s systems, people and workflows like the back of his hand.

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In Memoriam: Michael Booth

We are sad to announce the recent passing of one of our long-time instructors and friends, Dr. Michael Booth.

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Take Your Vacation!

I’m always astounded when I talk to people who have accumulated vast amounts of unused vacation time. While I realize it’s often difficult to make time to be away from your work, studies have proven that those of us who use our vacation time to travel are happier and healthier for it. And your break away doesn’t need to be a 3-week excursion to some distant land – although it couldn’t hurt!

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It’s About Both the Journey AND the Destination

For an avid traveler, the thought of finding a job that allows you to help others fall in love with travel, sounds pretty sweet, doesn’t it? Well this is exactly what Janet gets to do every day at the office. Now, while the idea of traveling is one most people fantasize about, don’t forget there’s a heck of a lot of hard work involved.

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A Taste for Travel

A question that Rosa Stewart admits she is quite used to hearing from her undergrad students in the Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies at UVic. “But my Continuing Studies students are different,” she explains.

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Help us select 2018/2019 Travel Tour destinations

This poll is now closed. Thank you to all who participated. Please stay tuned for our exciting new 2018/2019 tours! Sign up for Travel Tours E-News Join other learners who stay current on Continuing Studies Travel Tours.

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Nan Walmsley

"Nan"Walmsley celebrates her 90th birthday this year but shows no sign of slowing down in her quest to learn new things. Since fall 1998, she has taken around 165 courses through Continuing Studies.

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Janet McDonald, Program Coordinator
Tel 250-721-8827
Preston Randall, Program Assistant
Tel 250-721-7997